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EXPLORERS GARDEN

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Pitlochry
Perth
PH16 5DR

Well-signed in Pitlochry.

6.5 acres

Tel
01796 484626

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Opening Hours

Daily, 9am–5pm, Apr–Oct.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies Wed–Fri.

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Bog garden
  • National Plant Collections
  • Rock garden
  • Sculpture
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Explorers Garden is now closed until further notice


Owned by Pitlochry Festival Theatre, this is a celebration of the Scottish plant collectors who have introduced so many new plants to our gardens over the past 250 years. It has been made in a woodland setting around and above the theatre, with an attractive, modern layout that incorporates some excellent modern sculptures.

All the plants in the garden were first found by Scots: the work of the Coxes (father and son), Don, Douglas, Drummond, Forrest, Fortune, Jeffery, Sherriff, Masson, Menzies and Thomson – names that attach themselves so often to plants that they discovered – are especially well represented.   

The garden does a good job of reminding us just how much our own gardens owe to these enterprising and intrepid pioneers, but its educational purpose does not prevent it from being beautiful, too. Highlights, in late spring, are drifts of Primula and banks of Meconopsis hybrids.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Alpines
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Camellias
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Hellebores
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Maple
  • Meconopsis
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Spring bulbs
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.